Saturday, August 9, 2014

I've been busy!

After I pinned my Farmer's Wife quilt, I decided to take a break and work on our guilds boutique items.  I've shown a few in the last post, but I have added the following to the mix.
Fall table runner

close up of table runner

17 bowl cozies (use with a bowl in the microwave so you don't get potholder in your food.
Doxie Pouch (free pattern on Bernina USA

Bibs

Baby blankets - minkee on one side and cotton on the other

Christmas bibs

Fall placemats (8)

Halloween Lap Quilt (Using 20 blocks from the Celtice Solstice mystery last year that I didn't use on my quilt.)

Unlined Halloween totes

Fall pot holders

Little Christmas table topper

Christmas table topper

Halloween pot holders
I took a break today to work on some block of the month/weeks.  I'm still waiting for the Fat Quarter Shop BOM but I did get Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block done.
Paris Block (August)

All the blocks so far
Then silly me decided to do the Marcus Brothers Friends and Companions Designer Sew Along.  I had some civil war like fabrics so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here are weeks 1 & 2.  They are 9" finished blocks.

And the Loose Threads ladies met last week and we had our round 3 designer board challenge quilts to show.  You can check all the quilts out here.  At the meeting I was telling them I thought mine was kind of boring so we talked about adding sand and shells to the bottom, which I did today. I was inspired by all the big hand stitching on Grace's board.
Don't know what the vertical stripes are from.  Not on original photo.

The board I was inspired by.  
I still have a few more things to work on for the boutique but feel like I've actually done enough so we'll see if I do work on more.  My new machine is skipping stitches.  I've done all the things I can do to fix it but it's still now working so it looks like it's going in for it's first check up.  Which is good - there might have been some updates that I don't know about.  I haven't figured all that stuff out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Boutique Items and a BOM block done

For the last two years, our guild has had a fall boutique to raise money for programs and workshops.  So since the idea of national teachers coming to teach, I always like to donate items for the guild.  I started in earnest this weekend to work on some items for this years' boutique.  We are also having a section for consignment items (where 15% of the sale goes to the guild).  Here are a few boutique items.
Quilt as you go table runner using left over strips from quilt I made last year.


Bought these 2 panel kits 1/2 off at our local quilt store.

Another quilt as you go runner from left over strips.


I'm also going to put this wool table runner in the consignment section.  I have been working on this each time I go visit my dad.  

And then I finished the Fat Quarter Shops Block of the Month for July.  (Remember, I'm making 2 blocks each month so I'll have 2 quilts at the end.  One to donate to next years guild.)
I also put together a Halloween quilt using the left over blocks from the last Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.  I won't show that until I quilt it.
Thanks for looking.  I have a lot more to make.  I have some little pouches and bags I want to make and maybe another stuffed doxie.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A finish and BOM block done

I decided to work on my Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block 7 since I didn't want to start another project last night.
Last month I noticed that mine was looking really blue so I thought I'd make this months block redder.

And then I finished a very special project that I can't show the whole thing because it's a surprise gift for someone.  But here's the center.  The whole quilt it quilted and bound - just needs a label.

I tried to take better pictures so I can show all the quilting I did, but it just wasn't going to show.

I started working on my Farmer's Wife quilt today.  I'm working on the border now as the center is all done.  This will take me a while though.  I can't wait to see it finished.

We had a very quiet 4th of July.  We have 3 dogs, one of which is very afraid of fireworks.  So we gave him a Benedryl and hugged him all night while he just shook.  And I'm dealing with another very naughty little girl dog who thinks peeing on my bed is an acceptable place.  She's done it twice this past week.  Never before so I'm not sure if it's the fireworks that are scaring her and that's why she's doing it.  The neighbors have been making noise all week.  We'll see when all this is over.  I'm going to not make the bed until bedtime so she won't do it again.  The joys of pet ownership.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June BOM Updates

Finished all my BOM's for June.  The first one done was the Fat Quarter Shops block 1 of the 2014 Designer Mystery quilt - I am going to try to make 2 of each block each month.  
Then I worked on the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.

I think its looking kind of blue - need to add more red or use red to sash.
And last but not least, the final two blocks for the fall BOM.  All that's left (all ha ha) is the applique center and then putting it all together and the quilting. 
Blocks 11 & 12

Blocks 1-12
 It will be awhile before I get to finishing this one.  I already have one top to quilt and I hope to have the top of my Farmer's Wife quilt top done soon too.  I'm about 1/2 way done putting that top together.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

FQS Designer Mystery BOM and my latest Loose Threads piece

And by FQS I mean the 2013/2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month program.  I spent quite a bit of time quilting this.  Decided to not do an all over design and custom quilted the whole thing.



I quilted the whole thing on my new Bernina 750 QE.  I had no problems.  I used bottom line in the bobbin and So Fine on the top.  Sewed like a charm.  I marked a lot of the top with a Frixion pen.  I used a cherry template on the border.  (The fabric has cherries on it.)  It's all made from Fig Tree Quilt material.

I also spend all Friday night embroidering labels.  It went pretty smoothly.  I think they will need to adjust my thread cutter.  It seems to mess up the bobbin threads or is pulling all the top thread under and knotting it after it is used every couple times.  It could also be a tension thing.  Although I did adjust the tension during the embroidery and it still did it.  Who knows.  But the labels are all done and on their appropriate quilts.  Got some towels embroidered with my nephews initials for when he leaves for college in the fall.

And I forgot to post pictures of the last Loose Threads round of design board inspiration pieces.  I'll show you mine here but I'll put a link to the groups blogs so you can see them all here. California Loose Threads

This is mine which I used Sara Kelly's design board for inspiration.  I also kind of created my piece using her  look of tiny strips.  (Never again for me.)
I used the middle picture from her board as my inspiration.

I now get to work on a gift for someone that a few friends and I are putting together.  So even when I finish it I can't share until October.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Nickel Quilt finish - Tillie's Treasure

Finished 5/25/14 (still unnamed)

I started Scrap-Therapy years ago and have boxes and boxes of 5" cut squares.  I have done most of the Scrap-Therapy quilts and needed more ideas of what to do with all my pre-cut scraps.  So in comes the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode, and then More Nickel Quilts, and then More Nickel Quilts & Borders and Amazing Nickel Quilts.  You get the picture - all kinds of quilts to make using 5" squares.  I fell in love with this pattern (called Tillies Treasure from the 1st book) when I saw a friend making this for her brother.  So I gathered over 600 squares (the inside blocks needs 2 light and 2 dark squares.  My finished quilt measures about 100" square and I LOVE IT and yes, I quilted it all by myself using my new Bernina 750QE.  I had very few problems once I figured out the right needle and tension.


Glad this one is done.  I started it a few months ago when I was at a retreat.  I grabbed it before I left just in case I had time to work on it.  

So this is what has been keeping me busy.  That and child proofing the house because of Needle.  Oh, she's a chewer.  She's ruined a total of 2 pair of shoes and look what she got into this weekend.  
Oh, there was a spool of Connecting Threads (less expensive thread) right next to this one - but she does have expensive taste.  The shoes she chewed were both pretty pricey shoes.   Other than this chewing habit, she's fitting right in.  She's a hoot and brings me lots of joy.  

I haven't seen my grandkids in a few months.  Kelly is good about sending pictures via text but it's not the same thing.  

I know I still owe you pictures of the Loose Threads latest round of design board quilts.  Will work on that soon.  So much to do!  I'm going on the Central Coast Shop Hop this weekend with my shop hop buddies Janice and Elaine.  So excited.  I haven't been to several of the stores on the hop.  

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cindy Needham Linen Workshop

What a fantastic 5 day workshop with Cindy Needham.  I've taken her one day linen workshop at Road 2 California many years ago and then I was in her design workshop last September and last week, 2 friends and I headed up north to Rancho Cordova for her 5 days linen workshop.  She is such a great teacher - generous, organized, and you are given so much information, with wonderful handouts and she has samples galore for you to pet and touch.

This workshop was so much fun with so many interesting people from all over.  We had a lady from Puerto Rico, Seattle, Massachusettes, Arizona and from all points of California.  Here's a sample of some of these lovely ladies pieces.

And some of the other projects they worked on.


And I got a lot done too.  The first thing I finished was this little wall hanging my sister Beverly pieced using 3 little cross stitch pieces my mother made.  I knew Cindy would have the perfect stencil. 


And then she gave me this piece from Eric's aunt that used to be a pillow that Beverly wanted to use as a table topper.  It's wool and beautifully embroidered.


And of course I marked a bunch of linens (she has a ton of stencils to use) but I did get this one done.


I wish I could say that this piece of linen had some emotional or family connection, but it was a piece I picked up at an antique store during the latest shop hop.  I love it.  And I know I'll use it.  

If you can, take one of her workshops -do it - so worth it.  
Thanks for looking.  Tomorrow I'll post our Loose Threads latest design board challenge quilts.  Another round of amazing quilts.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Block of the Month Updates

And I'm pretty early this month.  Let's start this month with my Fall BOM.
And Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block.
And get this people - I have finished all 111 Farmer's Wife blocks.  Here is the last batch.
I've even put the first 3 rows together with aqua sashing to see how it looks.  I think I'll like it.  But I'm not going to work on it yet.  I have a few quilt tops that need to get done in addition a little trip.  I am leaving with 2 friends tomorrow for Cindy Needham's Linen Workshop.  So I'll have a few tops to quilt for that too.  But tonight I did finish this.  I am showing you the last block of the 2013 Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Block of the Month.   I am also sharing a picture of the top.  It is all together but I don't like to show quilts until they are all done but I couldn't stand not sharing.

Loving my new Bernina 750.  Still haven't embroidered on it yet.  Don't know when I'll get around to that.

And I always like to end my post with some cuteness so here's some pictures of my grandkids.

My little puppy girl is bringing us a lot of joy and a lot of work.  She's a busy busy little one - who we found out loves mud and water!  I caught her sitting in her water dish yesterday.  Yes, sitting in it.  We have to get her her own pool now I think.

Thanks for looking.  I need to pack!